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20 March 2023

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Dan Carden MP elected president of Forum of Young Parliamentarians

Dan Carden MP was elected as president of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bahrain at the IPU’s 146th Assembly. “I hope to use it to focus on mental health and addiction where possible,” he told

Alcohol industry ‘trying to obstruct public health policy’

Profit before health: over 100 firms which ­produce alcohol signed an open letter to ­Holyrood ministers saying “Don’t ­destroy Scotland’s whisky industry” as they feared a “blanket ban” on alcohol marketing and sponsorship could dent profits, the National reported.

Prison drug treatment trends

The Office for Health Improvement & Disparities published Alcohol and drug treatment in secure settings report, showing 45,096 adults in alcohol and drug treatment in prisons and secure settings 1 April 2021-31 March 2022. Russell Webster gives the key points.

The UK’s “blood-soaked Albanian narco gangs”

“The blood-soaked Albanian narco gangs mean people can get cocaine in British cities quicker than a Deliveroo pizza… the trail of devastation left in their wake that should shame the middle class addicts who fund them,” a special Mail investigation

Expert raises alarm at teen vaping epidemic

The VP of policy for the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health said vaping was an “epidemic” among teenagers even though it is illegal before the age of 18 – without urgent regulation, a generation could end up with

“30 years on, I still have symptoms from taking benzodiazepines”

“Being prescribed benzodiazepines for 10 years left me with brain damage,” Barry Haslam shared. “I still experience daily chronic headaches, brain fog, intense fatigue and neuropathic pain. Brain scans have shown fluid on the brain and brain atrophy.”

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